Made up of eight buildings and one tower, Deptford Foundry houses 276 private homes in total made up of a selection of one, two and three-bedroom homes – all boasting balconies or terraces.

Its residents will have access to a beautiful, communal landscape garden and the development will also become home to artists, designers and small businesses thanks to its work spaces. Set in a thriving local community, the rest of the city is also within easy reach via the nearby stations at New Cross and Deptford.


PHD were chosen for this project due to our vast experience in the new-build residential sector. Layher scaffold was selected by the client for all external facades because it is aesthetically pleasing and quick to erect & dismantle. Our inhouse design team worked collaboratively with John Sisk to value-engineer the programme of works.

Space at ground level was limited so cantilever loading bays were used to allow access for materials into the buildings and progressive loading bays were used for brickwork.

PHD supplied Layher staircases to all blocks which not only provide safe and easy access for contractors but also have the added advantage of providing a fire escape.
Protection fans were installed as added measure to protect workers on the ground from the risk of falling debris.

Traditional tube and fitting scaffolds were used for internal brickwork to allow access for the contractors.

On this project, 6 passenger/goods hoists were provided for the taller buildings providing vertical access and transport for building materials and workers. The benefits of the hoists include reduced worker fatigue and reduced number of anchor points so there is much less repair work to the façade when they are removed.


The Deptford Foundry site had a small footprint in relation to the scale of works being undertaken in the space. This meant that storage sites were also limited. PHD managed this issue by careful planning of the complex logistics required to service the site.

This project site was very close to the train lines and PHD had regular stakeholder engagement with Network Rail and London Overground to ensure that stakeholders were satisfied with the scaffold designs, build methodology and the programme of the works being delivered.